Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: Healed in hope, Sanados por la esperanza…

I wonder how many of us have experienced healing.  To say out loud, “I’ve been healed”, carries a heaviness that many of us are not accustomed to. Of course, since most of us have had at least a few colds and infections, we have experienced some level of healing. And then there are those of […]

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The Ghosts of Conventions Past

The goose bumps appear on my arms and the back of my neck. I am surrounded by about 6,000 other young people as we worship God together.  If you’ve never had the opportunity to do the same thing as thousands of people, in the same place, at the same time … do it!  The “ghosts […]

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Over My Head

For nearly 30 years, I have served in Mennonite churches across the U.S. Ten years ago, when I began ministering in Phoenix, I found myself in over my head in a whole new way.  So many needs, so many people, so many ethnic groups, and so many unexpected requests and cries for help!  I learned quickly […]

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Hugo Saucedo – I understand!

My first convention experience came in 1993 when I along with fifteen others packed into a fifteen passenger van and drove from Brownsville, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have mostly suppressed the memories of that drive but I have retained many of the memories of the convention itself. I remember it fondly because it was […]

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Sherah Leigh-Gerber: Ohio Context and Concerns

Sherah-Leigh Gerber This post reflects my personal wrestling with these issues and does not reflect any “official” stance or statement of Ohio Conference of MC USA.  Four years ago, when we shared with people that we had decided to move to Kidron, Ohio (back to my husband’s home community), we received quite a mixed response—and […]

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Remember the Short-Term Mission debates of the early 2000s? Me Neither

The 2010 United States census clearly pointed to a demographic shift in this country. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that Latinos are at the forefront of this explosive growth in the United States. Between 2000-2010, the Latino population grew by 43 percent and now accounts for 16 percent of the total […]

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Leo Hartshorn: The Church of Pentecost

I drew this ink rendering of the church at Pentecost to push at the edges of our visualizations of a global, universal church, since most artistic renditions of the church and of Pentecost are very homogeneous.  Pentecost in Acts 2 stretches the boundaries of what it means to be a multicultural, multilinguistic, multinational church. This […]

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Hugo Saucedo: Legacies and Citizenship

Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in […]

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Hannah Heinzekehr: The God of this City

You’re the God of this City You’re the King of these people You’re the Lord of this nation You are. There is no one like our God There is no one like our God For greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this City Greater thing have […]

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Berry Friesen: Citizens of Heaven

The theme of the Phoenix Convention, “Citizens of God’s Kingdom: Healed in Hope,” stirs up a jumble of thoughts and feelings, especially that word “citizens.” Best I can tell, it is rooted in Philippians 3:20, where the Apostle Paul says that “we are citizens of heaven, and from heaven we expect our deliverer to come, […]

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Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz: The Coming Kingdom

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. TNIV During convention we will have an opportunity to grasp a new vision of the depth and breadth of God’s Kingdom, God’s preferred future for the whole created order. We will come to comprehend the profound […]

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